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Nominees: 2017 Dorian Awards



The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics have announced their nominees and, rather predictably, Moonlight leads the field, though La La Land also holds a prominent place in the field.


The full list of nominations are below. The Dorian Award winners will be announced on Saturday 18th February 2017.

2017 Dorian Awards: The Nominees

Film of the Year
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Director of the Year (Film or Television)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larraín, Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea
Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden
Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Film Performance of the Year — Actress
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Viola Davis, Fences
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Emma Stone, La La Land
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Film Performance of the Year — Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight
Denzel Washington, Fences

LGBTQ Film of the Year
Being 17
Closet Monster
Other People
The Handmaiden

Foreign Language Film of the Year
The Handmaiden
Things to Come
Toni Erdmann

Screenplay of the Year
The Lobster
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Documentary of the Year (theatrical release, T.V. airing or DVD release)
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J. Made in America

Visually Striking Film of the Year
La La Land
The Handmaiden

Unsung Film of the Year
American Honey
Captain Fantastic
Other People
Sing Street

Campy Film of the Year
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
King Cobra
Nocturnal Animals
The Dressmaker
The Neon Demon

T.V. Drama of the Year
Black Mirror
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Crown
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

T.V. Comedy of the Year
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

T.V. Performance of the Year — Actor
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

T.V. Performance of the Year — Actress
Claire Foy, The Crown
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

T.V. Current Affairs Show of the Year
Anderson Cooper 360
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Rachel Maddow Show
Real Time with Bill Maher

T.V. Musical Performance of the Year
Beyonce, Lemonade, MTV Video Music Awards
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece, American Idol
Lady Gaga, Til It Happens to You, The 88th Academy Awards
Jennifer Hudson, I Know Where I’ve Been, Hairspray Live!
Kate McKinnon, Hallelujah, Saturday Night Live

LGBTQ T.V. Show of the Year
Looking: The Movie
Orange Is the New Black
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars
The Real O’Neals

Unsung T.V. Show of the Year
Lady Dynamite
London Spy
Please Like Me
The Real O’Neals

Campy T.V. Show of the Year
Finding Prince Charming
Fuller House
Hairspray Live!
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars
Scream Queens
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
Millie Bobby Brown
Lucas Hedges
Connor Jessup
Ruth Negga
Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Samantha Bee
Carrie Fisher
Bill Maher
Kate McKinnon
John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Viola Davis
Barry Jenkins
Kate McKinnon
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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TIANA – Hollywood Music in Media Awards



American singer-songwriter TIANA has been nominated Best Independent Music Video, for the fun sounds and fresh visuals associated with her debut record ‘Just My Type’, by the prestigious Hollywood Music in Media Awards, being held at the Avalon Hollywood on November 14.

Directed by Ali Zamani and produced by Zeus Zamani of AZ Films, with choreography by Reyna Joy Banks, of F.H.G Entertainment, the ‘Just My Type’ music video, filmed in Los Angeles, stars recording artist TIANA, Marlon Wayans (White Chicks), Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live) and Brely Evans (Just Wright).

The long-form version of the music video, which has a fun and explosive scene between actor-comedians, Marlon Wayans and Rob Schneider, will be exclusively released during the night of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Produced by Jovan Dawkins (Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars) of Heritage Music Group in Hollywood, along with the writing talents of Candace Wakefield, Stanley Green Jr., Jovan Dawkins, Jevon Hill and Theodore Simon, the ‘Just My Type’ single release, is currently topping the Top40 Indie Chart through Universal Music Distribution.

Other Hollywood Music in Media Award nominees include; Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Quincy.’ The awards ceremony features presentations, performances, and a special achievement award. Past honorees include Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, and Glen Campbell.

The Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS, and performing rights organizations. A portion of proceeds benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles.

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Black Panther Aiming For Best Picture, Not Best Popular, According To Chadwick Boseman



It’s Hollywood’s worst-kept secret; Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige wants an Oscar. And not just a technical Oscar either. Following in the footsteps of Walt Disney, Feige’s ultimate goal is for one of his movies to win Best Picture. With Black Panther being a cultural juggernaut, the producer-extraordinaire sees it as his best chance yet and has reportedly hired veteran award strategist Cynthia Schwartz’s company – Strategy PR – to push for the nomination.

However, The Academy themselves threw a spanner in the works last month, when they announced the introduction of a brand new category at next year’s awards ceremony: Best Achievement in Popular Film. With Black Panther presently the highest-grossing film of the year domestically, and the second-highest internationally, it’s the clear favourite to win in the new category (at least, to the best of everyone’s knowledge – The Academy have, frustratingly, refused to define the new award). However according to King T’Challa himself, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, that’s not the goal.

“We don’t know what [Best Popular] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” Boseman told The Hollywood Reporter, “What I can say is that there’s no campaign for Popular Film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for Best Picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

“A good movie is a good movie,” the Get On Up star continued, “and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [predominantly low-grossing, highly-praised art-house fare] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides. For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

“What we did was very difficult. We created a world, we created a culture … we had to create a religion, a spirituality, a politics; we had to create an accent; we had to pull from different cultures to create clothing styles and hair styles. It’s very much like a period piece. … So, as far as that’s concerned, I dare any movie to try to compare to the difficulty of this one. And the fact that so many people liked it — if you just say it’s [only] popular, that’s elitist.”

Chadwick has a point – the gross of a film has never, and should not, affect a film’s chances at winning Best Picture. However, whilst The Academy has made clear that a film can be nominated for both Best Film and Best Popular (frustrating many members who have then rightfully asked what the point is), they have somewhat written themselves into a corner when it comes to Black Panther. See, through a very specific sequence of events, The Academy have manufactured a situation where the most likely events to play out on the night will be Damien Chazelle’s buzzy First Man, a movie with an all-white cast and crew, winning Best Picture… whilst the all-black cast and crew of Black Panther accept the new ‘separate but equal’ award for Best Achievement in Popular Film. Yikes.

Black Panther is available on Digital, DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K now, and is rated 12A.

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Danny DeVito To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The San Sebastian Film Festival



Batman Returns star Danny DeVito is set to receive the coveted Donostia Award, honouring him for his career achievements, at the sixty-sixth annual San Sebastian Film Festival this September.

“The award recognizes a career of almost five decades related to acting in theatre, film and television, telling stories as an actor, producer and director,” the Spanish festival’s organisers said in a statement, “The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner is known for his roles in television series Taxi and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and movies such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Romancing The Stone, Twins, Ruthless People, and Tin Men.”

“He has also directed – and starred in – hugely emblematic films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Hoffa (1992), Death to Smoochy (2002), Throw Momma From the Train (1987), Curmudgeons (2016), Duplex (2003), The Ratings Game (1984), and The World’s Greatest Lover (1977).”

The San Sebastian Film Festival will run from the 21st to the 29th of September. Danny DeVito can next be heard in animated children’s flick Smallfoot, which will premiere on the 23rd at the Festival.

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